For Sonequa Martin-Green, the timing of getting her Star Trek role worked out in her favor.
Note: The Walking Dead spoilers. Avoid the rest if you’ve not seen the finale yet.
The actress wrapped up her work on The Walking Dead last weekend, and without Trek she would be looking for her next role. “I didn’t know what I was going to be doing next,” she said. “And when Star Trek came I thought, ‘Oh my goodness! This is…unspeakable! Like, what?’ It’s going from such a goliath that reaches so many people in such a profound way, to a legacy. So basically going from legacy to legacy. Because Star Trek has definitely been printed in the hearts of so many people and has been since the ’60s, obviously. To go from such a favorite show, to arguably the most favorite show of all time, is…I still think I’m catching my breath.”
Martin-Green is very thankful for her new role. “I’m just so grateful to God for it,” she said. “It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly, because what was happening on Walking Dead was already underway. It was the path. It was definitely in place. And then as we were going into the very end of the season, the very end of our shoot for the season — that’s when the opportunity for Star Trek came.”
But Martin-Green was not written out of The Walking Dead because of her new Trek role. “…I know some people might think that I left Walking Dead to do Star Trek, but it did not happen that way,” she said. “It was after Walking Dead was already ending that the opportunity for Star Trek came.”